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Job Title:Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS) - (MS/HS English Language Arts/Social Studies)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Department of Defense Education Activity

Job Announcement Number:13-STE-003(E)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$77,834.00 to $105,904.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Thursday, January 24, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Stewart, GA United StatesView Map


All U.S. Citizens


Do you want to work for an exciting educational organization, with the children of our dedicated U.S. Military members?  Our mission is to provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment.  Come work for the Department of Defense Education Activity, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools!

The Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) is currently accepting applications under examining authority of 10 U.S.C., Section 2164, for the above position(s) in DDESS Schools. This vacancy announcement will be used for the purpose of filling this permanent, full-time position.  

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a DoD Field Activity responsible for the oversight of two school systems, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary & Secondary Schools (DDESS).   DoDEA employs more than 15,000 individuals responsible for educating approximately 90,000 students in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.   The mission of DoDEA is to provide a quality education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.

The selectee will be required to sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment.

If you are a Current Federal Civil Service Employee, you will need to apply under Job Announcement # 13-STE-003(I).



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • A background/suitability investigation/determination is required.
  • As a condition of employment, a mobililty agreement is required.


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This position is part of the instructional support staff in the Education Division of the DoDDS/DDESS District Offices.  Each educator serves as the specialist responsible for programs supporting the development of skills in the defined educational program areas. The specialist assesses the system-wide effectiveness in the defined program area(s) by monitoring the implementation of curriculum/performance standards. The incumbent develops goals and standards to include those that support the DoDEA Community Strategic Plan. The incumbent integrates data from system-wide testing programs, accreditation reports, and supervisory field observations into comprehensive needs statements for the assigned area of responsibility as a basis for the development of system-wide action plans to implement curriculum and program standards. In the program area(s), the educator directs the systematic review of curriculum/performance/program standards, and methodology for the program area. Identifies training needs in the area(s) of responsibility. The incumbent trains administrators, teachers, specialists and other educators, in the methods for implementing and maintaining effective instruction and assessment both in the existing curriculum and in initiatives for curriculum improvement. Provides information to the Deputy Superintendent for Instruction; the Area Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; and District Superintendents regarding program needs, status, and recommendations for improvement. Represents DoDEA in meetings at various agencies and departments of the Federal government relating to the areas of educational expertise. Monitors the quality of program services to ensure compliance with professional quality assurance standards.


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Professional Experience Requirement: Three years of experience in teaching, educational research, development of educational materials and aids, educational testing, guidance counseling, educational administration, or comparable activities, which has clearly demonstrated success in the application of principles, methods, and techniques of education and familiarity with current developments in education and training. This experience must have been in a content area specific to the ISS position, English Language Arts/Social Studies.


NOTE: This position requires the applicant to be qualified in both subject matter areas.

Professiona Education Requirement:  A Master's degree is required for all Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS) positions.  Please submit a copy of your official undergraduate and graduate course work with your supporting documentation.

Professional Licensure/Certification Requirement:  Applicant must be currently certified or certifiable under the current DoDEA standards as a Teacher, Middle School/Secondary School English Language Arts (Categories 0412 & 0413); Teacher, Middle School/Secondary School Social Studies (Categories 0220 & 0230).  Teaching categories requirements can be found at 

Please submit a copy of your current, valid state or DoDEA teaching certification with your supporting documentation.


Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements.  Candidates who meet minimum experience requirements will be further evaluated against established criteria that demonstrated how well they posses the specific ranking factors determined necessary for successful job performance. 

When describing your experience it is highly recommended that you address the following types of experience you possess within your resume:

1.  Comprehensive knowledge of current 4th through 12th grade instructional theory, research, best practices and content/performance standards for the subject matter, including Federal laws, DoD policies, and DoDEA standard operating procedures governing the curriculum program within the DoDEA education system.

2.  Knowledge of staff development and demonstrated skill in staff development design, training facilitation and the use of job embedded models and other strategies in order to provide professional development advice and guidance to staff. Ability to plan, deliver and evaluate professional development activities in the subject matter field in a geographically dispersed school district.

3.  Knowledge of instructional program evaluation methods and principles sufficient to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the curriculum program is required. Ability to analyze program data that informs staff development needs for curriculum area and to implement comprehensive staff development activities, to include evaluation and follow-up.

4.  Professional knowledge of and demonstrated successful experience with SS education grades 4-12 and including knowledge of DoDEA 4th through 12th grade SS content standards, current theory, research, the use of technology to enhance student learning.


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Working for the Deparment of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


Positions under this announcement will be filled by appointment in the Excepted Service.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the best interest of the government.  Local commuting area is defined as the geographic area surrounding a work site that encompasses the localities where people live and can reasonably be expected to travel back and forth daily to work based on the generallyl held expectations of the local community.   (5 CFF 575.203)

Your pay will be set within the range specified in this vacancy announcement and will be based on the requirements of the position, your qualification, education, experience, training, and availability of funds.
If you are selected for this position and are not a current DDESS employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-Verify' system.  Federal law requires DDESS to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies within eight (8) Federal government work days as a condition of continued employment. 

Selectee must undergo Background Checks IAW DoDI 1402.5 (e.g. Local Files Check, State Criminal History Records Check, and National Agency Check Inquires).  Employment in these positions is subject to successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet/maintain these requirements may be grounds for termination.

Condition of Employment:  Selectee will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer as a condition of employment, reassignment, or promotion, in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14-R.


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Follow the steps below to apply online.  Your application and ALL required supporting documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Paper, faxed or e-mailed electronic applications submitted directly to the agency and not through the USA Jobs program using the instructions below will not be considered.

Step 1:  Create USA Jobs account, including resume and saved documents.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessments vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of compentency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

NOTE:  Your application/resume for Federal employment must include the following information in order to be considered for the position:

  --  Your highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment, if you are a current or former Federal employee.

  --  Total employment period, i.e., starting and ending dates (month and year) for each work experience, paid and unpaid, related to the job for which you are applying, including the hours per week. Also include a description of your duties and accomplishments, your employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone number, and salary. If you are currently employed, you must indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

  --  Highest level of education completed.

  --  Job-related training courses (title and year).

  --  Job-related skills.

  --  Job-related certificates and licenses (current only).

  --  Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (give dates-but do not send documents).

Step 2:  Answer vacancy questionnaire.  Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

Step 3:  Submit supporting documents.  Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" Section of this vacancy.  If you submit a document using the same document title, the second submission will overwrite the first submission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 822254. Fax your documents to:  1-478-757-3144.

Step 4:  Review application and click Finish.

Step 5:  Edit application as needed by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time of closing date.

If you cannot apply online, click the following link to view and print the questionnaire:  View Occupational Questionnaire OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Form 1203-FX can be found at:

Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your faxed transmission.


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, January 24, 2013.  You must submit all required documents; otherwise your application will be considered incomplete.  
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (State Teaching or DoDEA Certificate)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

   --  Copy of official Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts.  To receive the maximum allowable credit you must include all transcripts for each degree earned to include any additional courses currently in progress.  Any transcripts submitted that are not in English or not official will removed from the application and will not be considered.

   -- Copy of valid State Teachinig  or DoDEA Certificate  - Required


Applicants requesting Military Spouse Preference (MSP) must submit the following documents along with their completed application:


   a.  Military Spouse Employment Request Form (Form available online at:

   b.  A copy of the sponsor's Permanent Change of Station orders indicating authorization of dependent travel.

   c.  Copy of marriage certificate.


Applicants claiming 5-point veteran's preference must submit a copy of DD-214 (member 4 copy), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.


Applicants claiming 10-point veteran's preference must submit a copy of DD-214 (member 4 copy) and Standard Form 15.  Form is available under forms at:  Application for 10-point preference, as well as the required documentation indicated on the Sf15. 


Note:  Applicants may not be considered or rated if they do not submit all of the forms indicated above and failure to submit the required forms will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance.




DDESS Staffing
Phone: (678)364-6852
Agency Information:
South Carolina Fort Stewart Cuba District
700 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, GA


Once your complete application is received and the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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